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High-carb foods associated with cognitive impairment: Mayo Clinic study | KurzweilAI

High-carb foods associated with cognitive impairment: Mayo Clinic study | KurzweilAI | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Which of these foods make you stupid?(Credit: McDonald's and Wikipedia) People 70 and older who eat food high in carbohydrates have nearly four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, and the danger also rises with a diet heavy in sugar, Mayo Clinic researchers have found.
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Mindfulnet.org:The independent mindfulness information website - Mindfulness at Work

Mindfulnet.org:The independent mindfulness information website - Mindfulness at Work | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Business leaders today are being asked to perform and thrive in a global environment that moves and changes at an increasingly fast pace. To become more adaptable and flexible in this environment, leaders need to move beyond familiar or habitual ways of seeing the world and open up to new ways of listening, leading, responding, and innovating.


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Lowering stress paves way to better health, quality of life

Lowering stress paves way to better health, quality of life | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Dr. Mimi Guarneri


In a groundbreaking 2004 study, biologist Elizabeth H. Blackburn and psychologist Elissa S. Epel discovered that chronic stress speeds up the aging rate of cells. Women with the highest levels of ongoing stress, they found, had cells that had aged 10 years beyond their biological age. The research also linked stress with the development of chronic disease..

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Palmas Cooking

Palmas Cooking | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Palma Bellinghieri is a second generation culinary artist and chef. She is the demonstration chef at Scripps Center of Integrative Medicine.
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Meaningful Conversations Linked to Happiness

Meaningful Conversations Linked to Happiness | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
A new study found that substantial, meaningful conversations (as opposed to small talk) may make people happier.

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Stress Management Techniques, Stress Relief and Stress Reduction from MindTools.com

Stress Management Techniques, Stress Relief and Stress Reduction from MindTools.com | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Mind Tools helps you manage the causes of stress and teaches useful stress management techniques.


Browse by Category
Action-Based Strategies
Perception-Based Strategies
Coping Strategies
Managing Performance Stress
Happines and Well-Being
Relaxation and Sleep
Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
Anger Management
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On Human Compassion: Encountering The Dalai Lama's Scientific Mind : NPR

On Human Compassion: Encountering The Dalai Lama's Scientific Mind : NPR | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

In a speech at the College of William and Mary, the Dalai Lama described the unique nature of human compassion versus that of other animals. What matters as much as his conclusions, says commentator Barbara J. King

 

In this way the Dalai Lama moved fluidly between what I'd call a continuum model of compassion, one in which our brand of loving kindness emerges from that of other mammals, and a dichotomy model, which stresses that our species' compassion is like no other animal's.

 

But is this accurate? Is there a sharp division such that other animals never express compassion for strangers or enemies? I'm not entirely sure. When Frans de Waal discusses empathy, he likes to tell the story of the captive bonobo Kuni who came to the aid of a wounded bird. And in the wild, elephants may try to help an ailing or dead elephant, even when that animal is a stranger.


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Brain Basics-National Institute of Mental Health (Video)

Brain Basics-National Institute of Mental Health (Video) | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Brain Basics provides information on how the brain works, how mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and ongoing research that helps us better understand and treat disorders. (Video)


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Breath: The Mindful Means of Reducing Stress | Shift Your Life

Breath: The Mindful Means of Reducing Stress | Shift Your Life | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Rhythmic (or Box) Breathing is a helpful technique for rapidly decreasing stress, anxiety, heart rate or blood pressure. It also is centering and prepares you for a meditation or a peaceful night’s sleep.

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Issa's Best: a translator's selection of master haiku

Issa's Best: a translator's selection of master haiku | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Haiku novels, translation, criticism...


Many people around the world subscribe to the Daily Issa via e-mail or Twitter. Others enjoy exploring my online archive of 10,000 of Issa's poems. No one, I suppose, has ever read all 10,000 at a sitting!

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Compassion meditation may boost neural basis of empathy, Emory study finds

Compassion meditation may boost neural basis of empathy, Emory study finds | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
A compassion-based meditation program can significantly improve a person's ability to read the facial expressions of others, finds an Emory University study..

 

A compassion-based meditation program can significantly improve a person's ability to read the facial expressions of others, finds a study published by Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. This boost in empathic accuracy was detected through both behavioral testing of the study participants and through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of their brain activity.

 

"It's an intriguing result, suggesting that a behavioral intervention could enhance a key aspect of empathy," says lead author Jennifer Mascaro, a post-doctoral fellow in anthropology at Emory University. "Previous research has shown that both children and adults who are better at reading the emotional expressions of others have better relationships."

 

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Teen brain benefits from mindfulness training

Teen brain benefits from mindfulness training | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Teenagers who practice mindfulness — a technique that involves focusing on what is what is happening in the moment and being aware of and accepting of emotions — benefit from increased self-control, healthier relationships, and improved overall well-being.


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Why is walking in the woods so good for you?

Why is walking in the woods so good for you? | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Nature walks are good for the brain...."the most powerful benefits, a new study suggests, may result from the way trees and birds and sunsets gently tug – but never grab – at our attention...

The explanation, according to lead author Marc Berman, a research fellow at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto, lies in the distinction between two types of attention: “voluntary,” in which we consciously focus on something; and “involuntary,” in which something grabs our attention."


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Alliance for Aging Research: Newsletter: Newsletter Archive: Fall 2012: Feature Article

Alliance for Aging Research: Newsletter: Newsletter Archive: Fall 2012: Feature Article | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

TEDMED is also a community of people who are all passionate about the future of health and medicine, but in amazingly different ways.

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The World We Dream

The World We Dream - Peter Diamandis, Chairman & CEO, X Prize Foundation. Putting a man on the moon was once simply a dream. What are some of today's most innovative and thought provoking visions for our future?

Zeitgeist Americas 2012


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Music and the Mind - Health Matters - UCSD-TV - University of California Television

Music and the Mind - Health Matters - UCSD-TV - University of California Television | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
University of California Television provides informational, educational, and enrichment television programming to the public and draws upon the vast intellectual, scientific, and creative talents of the University of California.
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Tube City Chronicles: Good Life Happens

Tube City Chronicles: Good Life Happens | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Charts to guide your healthy eating

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Coursera: Fundamentals of Human Nutrition

Coursera: Fundamentals of Human Nutrition | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
Kristina von Castel-Roberts, Ph.D.

This introductory course provides an overview of the principles of nutritional science. Subject matter includes description and functions of nutrients, digestion and absorption, effects of nutrient deficiencies and toxicities, requirements, food sources, nutrient interactions, dietary guidelines, and the role of nutrition in health and disease.


This is a Coursea, open education online class.  (Free)

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Stress and the brain: Under pressure

Stress and the brain: Under pressure | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
A special section of Nature traces the emerging links between stress and mental illness.


A battlefield; an abusive parent; the ongoing struggle to make ends meet; a pile-up of unanswered e-mails — stress can take many forms. But stressful situations have something in common: they trigger reactions such as fear and a surge of hormones. These responses can be beneficial in the short term but, if severe or prolonged, can damage the mind, triggering conditions ranging from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder. That much has been known for decades; now researchers are getting to grips with how stress can alter the biology of the brain, and tip a mind into illness. Here, Nature takes a look at what they have learned, and at the gaps that remain.

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3 Mantras to Make Your Commute a Meditation - FitSugar.com

3 Mantras to Make Your Commute a Meditation - FitSugar.com | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
3 Mantras to Make Your Commute a MeditationFitSugar.comA turbulent morning on the bus or subway can set off your whole day.

We all drive. Why not turn drive time into mind full moments that make each slow down or traffic jam something good for you.
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Stress and the Brain (Video)

Stress - Brain Rule #8: Stressed brains don't learn the same way. John Medina is the New York Times bestselling author of Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby. (Video)


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Teacher Resources | Fit 4 the Classroom

Teacher Resources | Fit 4 the Classroom | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Discovery Education, Sanford Health and WebMD teamed up to create a new program called fit 4 the classroom, an extension of the fit initiative designed to educate, motivate, and inspire children of all ages to live a healthy lifestyle. Below you will find a series of elementary lesson plans with engaging activities and videos that can tie into your math, science and other subjects and demonstrate the importance of a balanced daily life.

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10 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less

10 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
It usually takes us much longer to change our moods than we’d like it to take. Here are ten things you can do in ten minutes or less that will have a positive emotional effect on you and those you love.
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Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age | PBS

Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age | PBS | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

"Recent brain imaging studies reveal that sections of our brains are highly active during down time. This has led scientists to imply that moments of not-doing are critical for connecting and synthesizing new information, ideas and experiences. The average American consumes 34 gigabytes of content and 100,000 words every single day, according to the 2008 report from UC San Diego. To put these numbers in perspective, one gigabyte is a symphony in high-fidelity sound or a broadcast quality movie. In the midst of this multimedia blitzkrieg, the importance of mindfulness and focused attention is rising. If we can't cultivate mindfulness and focused attention while sitting quietly in a room, then how can we expect to bring these qualities of mind into turbulent circumstances -- both on and offline?


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Howard, another cool find. Big fan of your writing. Smart mobs woke me up to the MOBILE imperative (and read like a racehorse runs :). Going to pick up Net Smart this weekend. Thanks, Marty
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Back from a vacation? Don't waste your clear mind on the small stuff | Psychology Today

Back from a vacation? Don't waste your clear mind on the small stuff | Psychology Today | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

It turns out there is now some very good science that explains the value, importance and function of mental rest. In particular the research relates to our ability to have insights, the 'aha' moment when something that didn't make sense suddenly changes. (There is also the idea of just giving overused circuits a rest, but I think the more interesting issue is around how we solve complex problems.) The research points to the idea of valuing a fresh mind, as this is the time we are more likely to be able to solve tough problems. Instead of valuing times when our minds are quiet, we tend to automatically fill it up with emails or every day challenges that waste a precious commodity.


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